Taking your family on a trip, whether it be for the day or a week, can be a lot of fun. However, many parents want those trips to be educational as well. This is a great way to continue your children’s education at home! There are many ways to do this, but the most fun way would be to take your family on a field trip. Schools utilize field trips to teach the children something specific in a fun way. Why not do the same thing at home?
There are many places you can take your children that are both fun and educational. Bigger ‘field trips’ could include, New York City, Washington D.C., or Williamsburg, Virginia. All of these combine fun and learning together.
Take for instance, Williamsburg. This is a living history town. Some might call it an interactive museum even. The people who work there are dressed in period clothes and do the jobs they are depicting. Your children can see, do, and talk about what life was like in Colonial Williamsburg. There are many towns similar to this all across the United States. There may even be one in your local area!
Another great way to bring the field trip home is by finding Children’s Museums or Science Museums. These museums are generally geared towards children and are hands-on and completely interactive. Most of them have areas and activities specified for children of all different ages as well. They are also a wonderful way to spend those cold winter days out with the family! Check your local area for military museums. These are an excellent way to teach your children military history. They are often discounted or even free for military members and their families!
A fun filled field trip for the whole family is an aquarium or zoo. Kids of all ages love to go to the zoo or aquarium to see the animals and marine life. They can learn about animals and habitats, and most area zoos/aquariums have interactive centers where the kids can get their hands on creatures while asking questions about them. Many zoos and/or aquariums will also have special events or promotions that gear toward specific animals, age groups, and even holidays. Zoos and aquariums can be found in almost any area and are great day trips for the whole family!
National and State Parks are all over the country. They are the perfect way to do some family hiking and even learn something new about the area you live in! Many of these parks have sign posts along their trails that discuss habitat, local animals, and even local history. Occasionally local lighthouses and other man-made attractions are part of these park systems. Most of them offer trails that are easy hikes even for the smallest feet! Seasonal passes that offer entrance into parks statewide and even nationwide are generally available as well. National Park Passes can be purchased online and are valid for almost all national parks across the country.
One idea for a big family field trip (if you are not from the area) is a visit to Washington D.C. Our nation’s capital is filled with fun and educational experiences for everyone! The museums are designed so that children and adults of all ages can enjoy them, taking something away from their visit. Take a stroll through the National Mall and check out the monuments. Try visiting the Capital Building, take a picture in front of the White House, visit Arlington Cemetery and witness a changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. There are so many ways to enjoy D.C. and even more educational opportunities!
No matter where you live, there are educational and fun filled field trips just around the corner! Museums, living history towns, zoos, and even national parks are all great ways to get out there and have some fun while learning something new at the same time! Many attractions offer discounts to military families, so never be afraid to ask! Get out there, start exploring, and have some educational and fun filled family time!